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About Florida Seashells and Fossils, LLC.   



Sanibel Island, Florida Beach    


In the Mid 1960's our family  found out about an island paradise off the Southwest Coast of Florida named Sanibel Island, Florida. We travelled to Sanibel Island from Chicago, Illinois to see if what friends were telling them about Sanibel was true. We found an unspoiled tropical paradise with lovely plants, birds and many gorgeous beaches filled with hundreds of varieties of  unbroken specimen quality seashells of many shapes and colors. Sanibel & it's sister island Captiva got their nick name the "Seashell Islands" many years ago from the pioneers that travelled there to set up a homestead. We quickly fell in love with collecting seashells and started to also make mirrors and other items out of shells. We purchased numerous books on sea shells that taught us how to catalog a collection and learned the many names and scintific nomenclature for all the local shells. We decided to look around for a home or condo on the island so that we could winter there and eventually retire on Sanibel. We found a condominium on Middle Gulf Drive for the perfect price with a view of the Sanibel River  and right across the street from the beach. We had found the beginning of a lifelong love of seashells and Sanibel and their children would soon follow suit.


Our family travelled often back and forth from Chicago to Sanibel. As time went by their love of seashells grew into blue ribbons won for scintific & artistic exhibits at the Annual Sanibel Shell Show. We were becoming conchologists with wins in many shell shows statewide gaining both blue and red ribbons. 


In 1979, our family moved down to Florida permenantly and took up residence on Sanibel. During that time our family would often take sight seeing drives down the state roads leading to Labelle and other Central Florida areas. One day we found a large pit on the side of the road being excavated. There we noticed Florida Fossil Shells that they had seen along the banks of the Caloosahatchee river but many more types that no longer existed or were extinct. Some shells were fossils of what were currently being found on Sanibel and others from purchasing books and doing research proved to be extinct for millions of years! Our family was now hooked on Florida Fossil shells also. Our family has made trips all over the state of Florida to collect Pleistocene to Eocene aged fossils and seashells. Great fossil vertebrate finds were also made during several of these trips. Trips to such mines as Apac in Sarasota, Alum Bluff, Ten Mile Creek in the Chipola Formation, Ruck's Pit, Rinker Pit, Brantley pit, Farabee Pit, Panther Pit and many, many others fueled our family field trips. Our family now collecting Florida Specimen Seashells & Fossils decided to start travelling to the Caribbean and overseas to other destinations to get specimens from all over the world. Our families 50 year history of shell & fossil collecting brought us to want to enter into the specimen seashell & fossil business on a permanent basis.


We take great pride in providing 100% customer satisfaction. We offer specimens to our customers of only the highest quality and ones we would be proud to display in our own collection.


We are: Betty & Melanie And We Started Florida Seashells And Fossils LLC. Welcome also from our Staff At Florida Seashells And Fossils LLC. Gregory P. Briskin is now the head of our outside sales department.


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